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Re: XML namespaces on the Web

From: Liam Quin <liam@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 17 Nov 2009 13:56:39 -0500
To: Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@MIT.EDU>
Cc: John Cowan <cowan@ccil.org>, public-html@w3.org, public-xml-core-wg@w3.org
Message-ID: <20091117185639.GB22383@w3.org>
On Tue, Nov 17, 2009 at 01:43:12PM -0500, Boris Zbarsky wrote:
> On 11/17/09 1:40 PM, John Cowan wrote:
>> Nothing prevents browsers from doing so today.
> The XML spec does, last I checked...

As John Cowan has said, that's not actually true.

To amplify a little... the XML Spec says (in essence)
that software that takes something (anything at all)
that is not well-formed XML, can turn it into XML, but,
if it does, it must not claim that the original input
was XML.

If a document is not well-formed, the XML specification
does not apply to it - it's not XML.

If a Web browser makes an XML DOM, however, it must find
a way to mark the DOM so that an application (and the
browser internals) can tell the input wasn't XML.


Liam Quin, W3C XML Activity Lead, http://www.w3.org/People/Quin/
http://www.holoweb.net/~liam/ * http://www.fromoldbooks.org/
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